A first grade boy, running into my office from P.E. this morning,
“Please, check my forehead, Miss Denise, cause I feel hot!”
Motioning the small frame six year old to my desk, I opened the drawer.
Pulling out the grey box, which houses the ticket for either staying in school, or the “please come pickup your child,” – The Thermometer.
“No Samuel, I’m not seeing a temperature.”
“Do you think you can make it to lunch, and we can see how you feel then?” I asked.
The boy, one who never complains, agreed with a nasal sound to his voice, “Yes, I can make it to lunch.”
As he turned to leave, I asked if his mother was home from work today.
“Yes, she is home packing, cause we are goanna to sleep in the car for two days!”
“Sleep in the car for two days?” Running the possibility through my mind, as I know his Dad is a teacher, and his Mom is a RN at the local hospital.
“Sleep in the car?” I asked again.
“Yep, sleep one night in a motel, and live in the car for two days!”
“Two days?” I questioned.
With renewed joy and health to his step, just from talking about his adventure, Samuel called back to me,
“We’re going to Arkansas for Spring break, and we’re goanna live in the car for two days!”
Chuckling to myself, I called his Mom. Sure enough, Mom was home packing for a family vacation to visit relatives, and true to her calling, Mom came right on up to check on him.
Finding her slightly congested boy, running and playing, and stopping long enough to take a decongestant.
By the time the school bell rang at 3:10, Samuel was ready for the
Spring Break adventure of living in the car for two days!!
We don’t often get snow in Oklahoma.
As I looked
I couldn’t not help but be reminded
of the Red Cardinals of Elementary:)
Second grade students,
(About 7 to 8 year’s old)
painting the red of their hearts
on the wings of the Cardinal bird.
Yep, we got snow Abby girl,
let’s go out and play!!
After a full day of activities,
warm fleecy pajamas,
on P.J. day at school,
(as we were preparing to
pack up to leave for the year),
the principal’s granddaughter
into the cool of the air
“Mimi, I’m “warming off!”
“Mimi, I’m warming off!”
Mrs. J. and I
Thought about what
Rainee said, and
“giggled with joy”
I am always amazed
at a child’s “point of view!”
Reminding me once again,
of Jesus’ words to
“become like children.” Matthew 18:2
God’s view doesn’t see things the way we do.
Who’s to say she’s not “warming off?”
When you think about,
Isn’t that what she’s really doing?
“For MY thoughts are not your
Neither are your ways
Declares the LORD”
Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers
to their children and the hearts of the children
to their fathers…” Malachi 4:16 (ESV)
I’m perplexed, daily,
by this last verse in the Old Testament.
“…to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…”
How is this accomplished Lord?
I was blessed with a wonderful earthly father
whose heart was always
turned toward me.
Even when I needed a beating
for making a wrong choice or
heading down the path of destruction.
In his love and attention,
I always knew his heart was for me.
His life choices reflected this truth
I felt it in my heart.
Daily I see,
Children who once came through
the open school door
happy and smiling.
as dead men,
with rattling chains
When a passing smile in the hallway,
brought joy and a smile in return from theirs.
Now, a trip to the Office for a “belly ache”
and a tear of truth no band aide,
or remedy can cure.
“He will turn the father’s hearts to the children.”
Lord, we need Your Holy Spirit more and more.
Draw them Lord,
Lead them home,
Fetch their wandering eyes,
And bring their fathers home.
The hearts of Your children are broken.
Sadden by the choices their parents do make.
In this season of joy and gladness,
You are the Miracle it takes!
No hug or smile will bind the wounds
Too deep to aide or cover.
Lord, I’m asking You restore,
and return their parents,
One to Love each other.
May Your Holy Spirit burn brighter
Than any Christmas tree,
As You heal the hearts of
Your children, and
Return their fathers
What’s the answer Lord?
Hebrew Word for “Turn” – #7725
Sheen – ש – picture of fire – consuming fire.
Vav – ו – picture of a nail – as joined together.
Bet – ב – picture of a tent – a house or heart where the Holy Spirit lives.
Word picture truth:
- Consuming Fire joined to the heart.
New Testament Scripture Truth: (Same Scripture as Malachi 4:16)
“And he (speaking John his name means Grace in Hebrew)
…and he will go before Him (speaking of Jesus) in the
Spirit and power of Elijah (Grace)
To turn the hearts of the fathers to
The children…”Luke 1:16-17 (ESV)
John’s first words to the people,
“I baptize you with water,
but He Who is mightier than I is coming
…He will baptizing you
with the Holy Spirit
and fire.” Luke 3:16 (ESV)
It takes the Grace of Christ,
And the Power of His Holy Spirit
To “turn” and change the
Hearts of men and women
To their children.
Jesus is the Miracle
Of this Season,
The Light, Truth and Power
Beyond ALL of man’s reason!
God bless and may there be
Joy, healing and
Hearts “turn” to the
In Jesus Name.
In the embrace of a morning hug,
on her daily stop into the Elementary office,
the ten year old sister,
of one of our first grade boys,
report her brother’s
recent dental surgery experience.
When I asked how Cody was doing,
after having an ill position tooth removed,
repeated brother’s story.
“Sissy, having surgery is awesome!
You get to have all the yogurt,
macaroni and cheese
and ice cream you can eat!”
Oh, to have Cody’s
gets to “pulling out”
may we react
with the same youthful
Turning ALL our
an Awesome Smiles!
The names have been changed to protect the innocent!
An incident ensued in the Elementary bathroom.
Two students were brought to the
Principal’s office for questioning.
Conflicting stories were given
by both eight year old girls.
The Principal requested another girl
from the Second grade to come
to the Office concerning
the “horse play.”
Over the intercom to the classroom,
the Second grade teacher was asked
to send her student to the Office.
Not knowing the circumstances of the request,
the reluctant child walked towards the Office
unsure if she was facing pending doom
from the unexpected summons.
Miss Cheryl, the teacher assistance on duty,
attempted to assure the hesitant girl
she was NOT in trouble.
“Shelby, Mrs. Ryan
just wants to ask you a few questions.”
Shelby, relieved at hearing
this unexpected good news,
threw her jubilant hands
up into the air
“Questions I can handle! Trouble No!”
Spoken with the truth of a child!
Isn’t this how we all feel on any given day!
Questions yes, trouble no!
Thank you for the “Hug” Shelby,
you made us laugh
in the most elementary way!
The names have been changed to protect the innocent!
An electrifying three inch rain fell during the annual elementary dance. The call was made and across ankle deep water, painted toes and glittery sandaled footed students made their way to the storm shelter. Children accustomed to gym shorts and sunshine, lifted ankle length dresses to cross rising waters in the parking lot. Familiar emergency drills throughout the school year resulted in an organized evacuation of the cafeteria, but the outcome of the activity could have never been anticipated. Continue reading “This I know…”